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Old 02-25-2010, 11:34 PM   #1
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I'm finally getting around to installing the Equalizer hitch I ordered. Just wondering if anyone out there has ever installed one and if so are there any tricks/things to look out for that the instructions dont cover to well?
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:52 PM   #2
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I did mine twice closely following the directions in the manual. Once with my F-150 that I owned when I bought my tt and again when I bought my F-250. Everything worked out great both times.

You shouldn't have any problems but if you do just post them. I imagine someone on this forum will have an answer.

Good luck and enjoy that hitch!
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Old 02-26-2010, 12:17 AM   #3
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Just make sure you torque the bolts to the frame correctly, and use the proper grade bolt in the holes. Don't go down to the hardware store and substitute something cheap. If you aren't used to pulling wrenches, rent a torque wrench. Read all the directions twice, before starting. Go back and read the directions again. Sorry, but you didn't tell us how skilled you were at being a mechanic. Look at post about being certified in order to do hitch work. Read the directions one more time. Good Luck.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:12 AM   #4
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I am a retired Electrical Engineer and everyone knows that Engineers can't do anything themselves. I installed mine and got it right the first time. I followed the instructions as written and the only thing I did not do myself was torque the ball. I took that to U-Haul and had them torque it because it takes a special socket. When you are done, check the torque several times after each trip. You should be able to do this with out a hitch ( no pun intended).
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Old 02-26-2010, 09:23 AM   #5
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I installed mine with no trouble. I did have my mechanic torque the ball, my torque wrench does not go that high. As others above have said study the directions carefully. If you need help call the phone number in the directions they are very helpfull. Record all measurements like the directions state. When you are done with the installation call the Equalizer number in directions. They will review your numbers and advise if they are correct or not.
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I installed mine with no trouble. I did have my mechanic torque the ball, my torque wrench does not go that high.
A 300 lb. torque wrench costs mega bucks, and I can't justify 1 for a couple of times a year to check my ball and hitch bolts. But there is a much cheaper way, with a breaker bar, the proper sockets, and a 3 foot section of pipe.

Torque is measured in foot pounds. So, a 200 lb. person (like me) balanced on a point 1 foot from the bolt will give you 200 foot pounds. To get 300 lbs., I need to be 18" from the bolt.

So here is what I do. I turn the hitch sideways in the receiver. I install the proper socket on the breaker bar, and put it on the ball nut. I measure 18" on a piece of pipe, and install it as far as possible on the breaker bar. I then take my hand and center it over the 18" mark, put 1 knee on my hand, then put all of my weight on my knee....it takes a little balance, and don't have anyone taping this as it could end up on America's Funniest Videos if you lose your balance.

So what do you do if your weight isn't 200 lbs??? You divide your weight by 12 (inches), and that will give you the lbs. you exert per inch for your particular body weight. So, my 200 lbs. divided by 12 gives me 16.7. I take the 300 foot lbs. needed to torque my hitch ball, divide that by 16.7, and I see that I need centered 18" from the bolt to torque to that amount. A 150 lb. person would exert 12.5 lbs. per inch, and the center point for his weight should be 24" from the bolt for a 300 foot lb. adjustment.

I betcha this method is just about as accurate as a torque wrench.
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there's good installation videos on Equalizer's website.
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:15 PM   #8
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Interesting way to torque, I may try it out if none of my friends can come up with a torque wrench that will go that high......and seems how I cant find anyone with a 1 7/8" thin wall socket I just may end up having to go to a RV place and have them put the ball on. Right now thats my sticking point, once I get the ball on I should be able to finish the install in a couple hours.
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Old 02-28-2010, 03:14 PM   #9
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In my case, I installed the hitch in my receiver, then drove to a truck repair shop - have a fella torque my ball at 430, as recommended, gave him $5.

The rest I will do as per the excellent instructions provided in the manual, online and the video.

I'll do a 1st install to pickup my new trailer, then adjust as necessary once loaded for a trip.

No issues expected.

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Old 02-28-2010, 09:37 PM   #10
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Instruction book was very good, after I had the local RV shop install the ball it was fairly straightforward. I think I might need a few adjustments yet. I ended up using 3 spacer washers on the hitch. Once I tried to lift the bars into place it was next to impossible so I moved the adjustable brackets (the one on each side of the trailer frame) to the lowest hole. Instructions said to start with two holes above and two below but I ended up having to move to lowest holes.......will have to see how this works out, may need to go back up one hole. By the way, truck stop was a smart idea, wish I thought of that...
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